Barbara Walters has donated $250,000 to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts after being ''moved'' by answering phones on ABC's 'Day of Giving'.
Barbara Walters has dontated $250,000 to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort.
The TV personality's generous gift was announced on Monday's 'Good Morning America' show (05.11.12) by host George Stephanopoulos, who revealed to viewers he will also be donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the storm.
Barbara, 83, spoke about her decision on 'The View' as part of ABC's 'Day of Giving', revealing she was so ''moved'' after answering phones to take donations that she decided she could ''stretch a little'' bigger with her amount.
She said: ''I thought these people are making sacrifices and have very little. It's not that I can just give money away so easily, but I'm very fortunate. ... I thought if they can do that, then I can stretch a little bit. Not everybody is fortunate as I am to do that.''
The network teamed up with the American Red Cross and had other on-air personalities as well as Barbara take calls from individuals who wanted to donate money.
This fundraiser took place shortly after Disney-ABC CEO Bob Iger committed a pledge of $2 million.
NBC is currently in the lead for raising money on television after their 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' telethon, gaining a total of $23 million overall in donations.
ABC did, however, raise a whopping $17 million, taking $.8.3 million alone on Monday morning.